Pest management


Key tools and publications

Identify and manage pests on your farm

The AHDB pest encyclopaedia covers hundreds of crop pests (including beetles, bugs, aphids, flies, moths, butterflies and nematodes) known to affect field crops. Natural pest enemies are also covered.    

Monitor and control aphids

Aphids can cause significant yield reduction through feeding damage and diseases introduced by virus transmission. Visit the Aphids Page for more information.

For weekly updates on regional aphid activity during key times of the year, sign up to receive AHDB Aphid News.

Integrated slug control

Wheat seeds and germinating oilseed rape seedlings are highly vulnerable to feeding by slugs. The following publication helps you to assess slug risk and explains integrated management options, which are based on accurate timing and placement of slug pellets.

Target specific cereal pests

AHDB has produced comprehensive orange wheat blossom midge guidelines to assist with management and control of this economically important pest.

Wheat bulb fly numbers fluctuate considerably from year to year. AHDB invests in an annual survey of wheat bulb fly egg numbers to help establish the need for insecticidal seed treatment. For general information on biology and control, as well as the latest survey results, see our wheat bulb fly page.

In the last few years, local epidemics of the saddle gall midge have been reported. Read our saddle gall midge publication to better understand risk and control options.

Target specific oilseed rape pests

In the absence of neonicotinoid seed treatments, control of cabbage stem flea beetle is reliant on the use of foliar sprays of pyrethroids. As any decision to apply an insecticide must be based on a risk assessment, AHDB has produced guidance to help you establish when to spray.

In recent years, pollen beetles have rarely been abundant enough to warrant treatment. Careful monitoring can prevent unnecessary 'insurance' sprays and help preserve the efficacy of pyrethroid products. The following page contains information that can be used to target pollen beetle monitoring and helps determine when control is necessary.


Identify and manage pests in your store

Integrated pest management is an essential component of safe grain storage. As grain stores present a unique set of pest challenges, particularly due to the low infestation thresholds, AHDB has produced some key reference sources for the identification and management of grain storage pests.

Responsible use of pesticides

AHDB supports the work of the Voluntary Initiative. Through its schemes, tools and messages, this industry-led programme promotes the responsible use of pesticides.

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